the world of books...

I’ve mentioned before how I love, love, love to read!  I can’t imagine a life without books or never having time to read books.  I’ve been a big reader since I was a little girl.  I never take for granted that we have the freedom & opportunity to read most any book created & realize that not everyone in this world has this chance.  I love libraries & am fortunate to live so near to such a wonderful one—up to date with latest technology, it’s award-winning beautiful building filled to the brim with all kinds of books & lovely space inside it’s walls to linger & browse…and free!  When I’m home, I mostly always check out books.  I love audio books when I work on a project like painting or once a month cooking & always when traveling.  I use the library to check out e-books for my Kindle when traveling & once in rare moment, purchase a Kindle book that’s unavailable from my library.  E-readers are wonderful for traveling!

Before heading out on a trip, I usually read a couple of books about the places I’m going.  Usually one is a book on the area’s history & one by a local author…it’s just another way I love to connect to a place while exploring.

I’ve also discovered that libraries are a great place to visit as I travel around the country.  An awesome place to take refuge on a rainy day, when you need a power outlet, a bathroom or internet access.  Last year I joined the Crested Butte library as was super-thrilled they gave me a ‘permanent’ card! (I’m actually there long enough to check out books & finish them.)

The long winter days between my last 2016 road trip & the first one of 2017, I read like crazy!  My taste is pretty diverse but mirrors my personality….I like changing things up—learning, laughing, understanding, being entertained & not afraid of new ideas or adventures.  I am always fascinated by authors & think it must be a wonderful but crazy world they live in…they are a talented group of artists for sure!

I love to hear suggestions of new reads…so don’t hesitate if you’ve got some…Tell me!

Here’s my list from mid-September through December 2016:

Narcomics:  Basics on How to Successfully Run a Drug Cartel by JD Rockefeller

Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World by Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Walking the California Coast: One Hundred Adventures Along the West Coast by John McKinney

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKewon

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by John Tiffany

Don’t Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment & Other Destructive Emotions by Pema Chodron

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende

Life is Good:  The Book by Bert & John Jacobs

The Pot Thief Who Studied Billy the Kid by J. Michael Orenduff

Home by Harlan Coben

And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air by Bill Streever

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

Impossible to Please: How to Deal with Perfectionist Coworkers, Controlling Spouses & Other Incredibly Critical People by Neil Lavender

The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

Seduced by Randy Wayne White

Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

On our Own: A Bicycling Adventure in South East Asia by Anne & Mike Poe

Brotherhood in Death by JD Robb

Burning Man: Art on Fire by Jennifer Raiser

The Highway Kind by Patrick, Millikin

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Still Going Strong by Talie Morrison

The Deep Blue Good-Bye by John D MacDonald

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Wild by Emily Hughes

The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Rejected Princesses: Tales of the History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath

The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer

Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You by William Burnett

Clownfish Blues by Tim Dorsey

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

The Seal of Soloman by Rick Yancey

The Thirteenth Skull by Rick Yancey

Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean by Roz Savage

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Save the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

The Highly Effective Detective by Rick Yancey

A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

Ice Diaries:  An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil

The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs by Rick Yancey

The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool by Rick Yancey

The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line by Rick Yancey

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Rigged Money:  Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game by Lee Munson

Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn


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